New Courtyard Orangery | Architect for Kensington & Chelsea | West London
forrester architects are working with Callender Howorth on a new centralLy located Orangery to a large Kensington & Chelsea townhouse. An existing courtyard space separates the main house from the mews house accommodation to the rear with an existing mezzanine at first floor. The courtyard retains a rich variety of foliage however the courtyard is under utilised and the client would like to use the space more throughout the year.
A courtyard Orangery is proposed to unite each wing of the house and provide a central gathering space for dining which remains an important part of the client’s daily routine. A number a differing geometries are to be resolved due to differing scales between the main house and mews. Our initial proposal aims to provide an undulating organic roof form to encapsulate the exterior courtyard and provide a bright luxurious internalised garden space. The dining room will be relocated to form the main gathering point with an informal lounge space nestled under the mezzanine. An artist’s studio will be provided to the mezzanine terrace and retain a visual connection with the main space and will be linked by a spiral stair to the lounge below. The undulating form of the canopy allows for the existing window configuration and provide natural ventilation to the main house and mews. A portion of the glazed rooflight will be openable to allow for natural ventilation throughout the Orangery.